A Comparison of Two Film Openings to Great Expectations

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A Comparison of Two Film Openings to Great Expectations The story "Great Expectations" is based in Victorian times and was written by Charles Dickens in the 1860s. This novel which Charles Dickens wrote has been produced as a film one version by David Lean and another by B.B.C. The B.B.C version is the modern version and the version produced by David Lean is the traditional version. I will be comparing these two versions of the openings to "Great Expectations". These two openings use varying techniques to very different effects. Both films set out to introduce isolation and vulnerability. In the David Lean version, straight away we, the audience have the impressions that the film is old fashioned and will use much more traditional techniques to create images of isolation and fear in the audiences mind. We expect the film to be black and white, to have no special effects, to have a slow pace which would make the scene longer than the B.B.C version, a lot of old fashioned classical music used as background sound, the use of Standard English and more archaic language and we expected the characters to act just like they do in the book. We also expected the storyline to be exactly the same as the book so it looks faithful and true. David Leans version was made in 1946 so it is shot in black and white. The BBC Version was made in 1997 and was in colour. Lean's version is very similar to the novel more than the B.B.C version. Lean's was the most effective at using most of the dialogue than the B.B.C version. The B.B.C version used a small amount of the dialogue. At the beginning of Lean's film there is the use of an opening establi... ... middle of paper ... ... constant and it is first slow and up beat then its jolly music. The music and sound effects from both films create an eerier kind of mood and atmosphere but Lean's is more successful. In my opinion, as a whole, David Lean's version is more effective with the audience subjected to terror and fear. Even though the BBC version is more up to date and in colour, I do like the black and white version better as it is much darker, and the convict seems to appear out of nowhere just like the original text, whereas in the BBC version, we gradually see the convict, so we are not as surprised. The scenery is more effective too because the setting is actually in a graveyard and Pip is caught by the convict in the graveyard. This happened in the novel but in the BBC version, this did not happen as much as in David Lean's version.
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